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Departmental Information Officers

Work and Pensions written question – answered on 9th February 2011.

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Photo of Michael Weir Michael Weir Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Business), Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Energy and Climate Change)

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many (a) press officers, (b) internal communications officers, (c) external communications officers, (d) communications strategy officers and (e) other positions with a communications remit were employed by (i) his Department, (ii) its agencies and (iii) each other non-departmental public body sponsored by his Department on the most recent date for which figures are available.

Photo of Chris Grayling Chris Grayling The Minister of State, Department for Work and Pensions

The information is as follows:

Department for Work and Pensions communications directorate
Number
Press officers (including regional press) 28
Internal communications officers 33
External communications officers 88
Other positions with a communications remit 42

External communications and communications strategy officers are one and the same role in the DWP communications directorate.

Figures reflect only the number of officers in employment and are not indicative of the full-time equivalent figures (FTE). They also include those that are currently on leave (maternity, special, adoption etc.)

Businesses
Number
Pension, Disability and Carers Service
Internal Communications Officers 19
Jobcentre Plus
Internal Communications Officers 6

Non-departmental public bodies

Pensions Ombudsman/Pensions Protection Fund ombudsman: Nil response

The Pension Advisory Service: Nil response

Social Security Advisory Council: Nil response

Number
Pension Protection Fund
Press officers 2
Internal communications officers 2
External communications officers 2
The Pensions Regulator
Press officers 4
Internal communications officers 2
External communications officers 14
Communications strategy officers 2
Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission
Press officers 4
Internal communications officers 10
External communications officers 1
Remploy Ltd.
Press officers 2
Internal communications officers 2
External communications officers 4
Communications strategy officers 2
National Employment Savings Trust
Press officers 1
Internal communications officers 2
External communications officers 6
Communications strategy officers 3
Other positions with a communications remit 16
Health and Safety Executive
Press officers 8
Internal communications officers 9
External communications officers 5
Communications strategy officers 7
Other positions with a communications remit 4
Independent Living Fund
Communications strategy officers 1
Other positions with a communications remit 2

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